February 21, 2010

Junior's Reading And Viewing List:
February 18 - 19, 2010

Last Update - February 21, 2010 at 6:06 AM EST

This 'Reading And Viewing List' covers Thursday, February 18 through Friday, February 19, 2010. It's just a small sampling of what became available over the course of those two days.

February 19, 2010

New Media Convergence on the Farm
By The OFB Team at On Frozen Blog

This weekend OFB embarks on a roadtrip we’ve sought since our start — to Hershey, but hauling along with us a hearty contingent of D.C. hockey bloggers. We’ve long wanted to take our new media party up to Chocolatetown for a weekend and see if we could just blow the lid off the terrific puck party up there, and given who’s joining us this weekend, when the Bears will host Lake Erie Saturday night and Albany on Sunday, we like our chances...

Marvel Superheroes And 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'
Team Up This Weekend

By Blair Marnell at MTV's Splash Page

Several artists and designers from Marvel Entertainment are scheduled to appear Sunday night on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition...

No Role For General Ross In 'Iron Man 2' Or 'Thor',
Says William Hurt

By Blair Marnell at MTV's Splash Page

One of the most memorable moments of director Louis Leterrier's "Incredible Hulk" movie was Robert Downey Jr.'s brief cameo as Tony Stark during a scene with William Hurt's Gen. Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross. And while Stark's line about "putting a team together" suggested a carefully worded reference to the "Avengers" movie, Hurt recently revealed that the entire scene was improvised with Downey...

What did we learn in Sweden? Allow The WRC Guru to explain
Posted at WRC.com

So, after a four month break the 2010 World Rally Championship is finally up and running, and as the snow dust settles after a sensational Rally Sweden, it looks like the year ahead will be cracker.

Of course it's not easy to draw too many long-term conclusions after a rally as specialised as Sweden, but the performances of the top drivers on ice have given us some useful indications about how the season might pan out...

Senator Mellencamp? It Could Happen
By mdome at Classic Rock

A Facebook campaign has been launched to persuade John Mellencamp to for the US Senate...

Is This The End For The Who?
By gbarton at Classic Rock

Who guitarist Pete Townshend could be forced into retirement if he can’t find a successful treatment for his tinnitus.

The band recently put in a half-time performance at the Super Bowl – but Townshend says they’re “finished” unless a new treatment for his ear problems does the trick...

Alex Ovechkin (Russia) lays big hit on Zdeno Chara (Slovakia)
during February 18, 2010 Olympic game. Photo by Shaun Best / Reuters.

Olympic hockey: Slovakia surprises Ovechkin, Russia
By Sport-Express' Slava Malamud at Heavy Medal

..."Ovechkin, Semin and Datsyuk are obviously the best players in the world," Chara said after the game. "It's challenging to play against those guys. But I loved [Ovehckin's hit]. We always battle hard. I was tired and was trying to get the puck out of our zone. I knew he was going to hit me, but I lost my balance and he put me down on the ice. That's what the best players do. We are good friends off the ice but on the ice we compete and go after each other."...

February 18, 2010

Post Rally Sweden Q&A: Mikko Hirvonen
Posted at WRC.com

A fortnight ago Ford team-leader Mikko Hirvonen promised a new, more aggressive approach for the 2010 WRC season. And after the opening round in Sweden his new attitude seems to be working pretty well, thank you.

Of course it must be nice to start the season with a win - although for Mikko it's a feeling he'd never experienced before - but to be so quick that the six times world champion Sebastien Loeb gives up before the end? That was something new for everybody...

Nine Thought on the Marriage Strike
By Kameron at I May Have Been Born Yesterday
But I Stayed Up All Night

...II. The Marriage Strike

From what I can determine, the term “marriage strike” was coined in 2002 by columnists Glenn Sacks and Diana Thompson “The US marriage rate has dipped 40% over the past four decades,” they wrote,”to its lowest point ever. There are many plausible explanations for this trend, but one of the least mentioned is that American men, in the face of a family court system which is hopelessly stacked against them, have subconsciously launched a 'marriage strike.'”...

Women’s Team USA Hockey Impressive at Olympics
By Chasta Piatakovas at Love the Game, Don't Like Puck Bunnies

Those that once believed that women can’t play hockey have been proven incredibly wrong by Team USA: Jenny Potter has registered two hat tricks so far in the tournament; former Olympian-turned-Olympics commentator Cammi Granato equated a goal in the game...

Capitals Season Ticket Holders Brace for Increased Prices
By Chasta Piatakovas at Love the Game, Don't Like Puck Bunnies

The 2010-11 season ticket renewal packets have begun to arrive in the in-boxes and mailboxes for Washington Capitals season ticket holders. Naturally success on the ice has equated into higher ticket prices, but the steep ticket prices have caused for some extreme sticker shock...

Wanted: More Patriots in Pucks
By pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog

Like a good many other American hockey fans, I’ve been underwhelmed by NBC’s hockey coverage during this first week of the Winter Olympic Games. Bumped off the big channel for ice dancing was the first indignity. Then last night, after a particularly long and trying day at work, I sat down to watch Nick Backstrom and his Swedish teammates take on Germany, over on MSNBC, just wanting a game and a bottle of beer or two to salvage my hump day, and right as a 0-0, potential upset intrigue was setting in deep in period one, off went hockey at the stroke of 8:00 and on went . . . Keith Olberman...

Video Premiere : Jimi Hendrix "Valleys Of Neptune"
By Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

Here's the video, via Spinner.com for Jimi Hendrix's Valleys of Neptune,' the title track of the upcoming album of the same name, due March 9, of studio tracks Hendrix recorded in 1969...

Where's The Promotion, NBC
By Mike Chen at From The Rink

While I've been far from glued to NBC's non-hockey Olympic coverage, I've caught my fair share of it and I've seen a sampling of the fluff pieces the network puts together in between events -- you know, the heartwarming tales of some athlete's home town or a mini-documentary on polar bears. (Seriously -- NBC actually popped up a graphic overlay that said "POLAR BEARS...in 5 minutes" during a broadcast. I like polar bears too, but come on.) However, I haven't seen too much about the Olympic hockey tournament other than some programming notes and shots of Wayne Gretzky from the opening ceremony...

...Seriously, it's not like a two-minute package highlighting how Ovechkin has taken D.C. by storm would take a lot of effort to put together -- and it's not like it'd be terribly out of place showcasing an Olympic athlete in an Olympic event. Heck, it might even make more sense than polar bears -- and I LIKE polar bears!...

John Paul Jones: There Are No Decent Band Names Any More
By gbarton at Classic Rock

The Led Zeppelin/Them Crooked Vultures bassist reckons MySpace has ruined everything.

Talking to The Wall Street Journal, Jones complained:

“Every other name is taken. Think of a great band name and Google it, and you’ll find a French-Canadian jam band with a MySpace page.”...

A Lesson in Supply and Demand
By OrderedChaos (Mike Rucki) at On Frozen Blog

...Yes, the Caps’ current ticket prices—particularly for my seats in the front row of the upper deck—are not only significantly discounted from face value, but quite a bargain by league standards. According to The New York Times, 20 NHL teams charged more, on average, for tickets than the Capitals did in 2009-10...

Entries published for Rally Mexico
Posted at WRC.com

The organisers of Rally Mexico have published the seeded entry list for this year's event, round two of the World Championship season, which starts on 4 March.

The WRC event rotation system meant Mexico was absent from last year's calendar, but it returns in 2010 amid a year long fiesta to mark the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution and the 200th anniversary of its independence...

Russia practices, Swedes and Czechs open with wins
By Lindsay Applebaum at Capitals Insider

Yesterday's game action: Nicklas Backstrom had an assist in defending champ Sweden's 3-0 victory over Germany, and Tomas Fleischmann's Czech's took a 3-1 win over Slovakia...

Olympic hockey: Catching up with Tomas Fleischmann
By Sport-Express' Slava Malamud at Heavy Medal

For Caps fans, Olympic hockey is not all Russians, of course. Two other Washingtonians are playing at the Games as well, and both had their first taste of the sport's premier stage Wednesday.

I was able to catch up with Tomas Fleischmann after his Czechs defeated arch-rival Slovakia in a beautiful, open game that featured lots of scoring chances and a brilliant performance by a certain former Cap, whose first and last names both start with a J...

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